Woman injured in crash, car starts on fire

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A rural Wauzeka woman’s vehicle was a total loss following a fiery crash that occurred near her home Monday night, Aug. 17, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 10 p.m., the sheriff’s department received a report of a vehicle fully engulfed in flames on Plum Creek Road, two miles east of Mill Road in the township of Wauzeka.

Peggy Weirich, 59, was operating a 2005 Chrysler Sebring west on Plum Creek Road when her vehicle left the roadway, striking an embankment and tree. Weirich exited her vehicle and walked to her residence to call for medical attention. After she left the scene, her vehicle started on fire. Firefighters later secured the scene.

Weirich was transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien with a head injury and later transported by Med Link Air to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse. She was released from the hospital last week.
She was cited for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and failure to keep vehicle under control. Weirich’s vehicle was a total loss.

The Eastman Fire Department, Eastman First Responders and Bob’s Towing assisted at the scene.

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